“Did Modi keep his promise? Then why should Navy?”
FORTY two security guards of NCH colony in Kanjur Marg (West) went on one day strike protesting the Navy officers’ failure in keeping promise of paying salary Rs 407 per day. In-turn the less ashamed Navy officers argued that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not fulfill his promise of paying Rs 15 lakh to every Indians.
There are 42 security guards posted at 15 posts in NCH Colony, Kanjur Marg (West). Earlier, they were working under private contractor. One and half months ago the contractor’s agreement expired. There are Rs 407 minimum wages rate and guards working at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai were getting that amount. The Navy officers assured NCH Colony security guards payment of fixed Rs 407 per day.
On April 27, security guards received salary in cash for 11 days but the pay was Rs 256 per day. Security guards contacted security officer Toraskar. They were told that department will pay Rs 256 per day only. They were asked to quit the job if they were not satisfied with the pay scale.
“Department ne hamse kaha ki woh Rs 256 hi de sakte hain. Kaam karna hai to karo nahin to chhod do,” said a security guard on condition of anonymity.
Unhappy with this rude behavior all the security guards on May 9, 2017 went on strike. Upon learning about the strike the department dispatched a representative ( RAC dept, center no 36 – Shop Committee Member) Vinod Pandey to settle the dispute.
Pandey disagreed to pay wages of Rs 407 per day. Security guards reminded him that department had promised to pay Rs 407 per day. On listening this Pandey said, “Modi ne to bhi wada kiya tha ki sabke account me Rs 15 lakh deposit karenge. Kiya kya ? Ye sab kaam nikalne ke jumle hote hain. Navy ne bhi waisa hi kiya,” a security guard quoted Pandey as saying.
On May 9, 2017 the security guards wrote a letter (copy with ABI) to Admiral Superintendent Sanjeev Kale complaining as under:
1- Signature was taken on blank paper.
2- Not giving salary receipt.
3- No identity card has been given.
4- No Insurance / Mediclaim facility has been given.
5- No security guard gets provident fund.
6- No uniform has been given. Forced to wear uniform of other agency.
7- There is no weekly off for security guards.
8- No arrangement of drinking water on post.
9- There is one security guard has been deployed instead of three. For that no reliever is available on time.
10- If security guards go to toilet, Commander Mujawar abuses in filthy words. Commander Mujawar is very indecent officer.
11- Security guard Gopinath Desai was injured after a private car hit him at main gate. Department gave him Rs 10,000 only and let him free.
12- Security guard Ashok Maurya fell down and died on duty at main gate. Department did not give any compensation to his family.
13- Security guards Kripashankar Varma and Ashish Varma were thrashed on duty. Department did not take any cognizance of the matter.